Professor Lynn Cominsky Named “Women Honoring Women” Honoree

“Professor Lynn Cominsky is one of the outstanding women leaders in Sonoma County who has devoted her life to inspiring students, particularly girls and young women, to pursue their highest potential.”

Lynn CominskyDr. Lynn Cominsky, professor and chair of physics and astronomy at SSU, has received one of the “Women Honoring Women” awards from the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women.

The award is given to outstanding women of the community who have made great efforts for the enhancement and well being of women and girls. Cominsky was placed in this category for her continuing work in the education of women and girls in the field of science.

Cominsky is one of three honorees recognized for their contributions. The others include Chris Castillo, Executive Director of Verity Rape Crisis and Trauma Center, and Dana Bryant, Executive Director and Founder of Crossing Jordan.

The major honorary recipient is Helen Rudee, first woman supervisor of the County of Sonoma.

SSU mathematics professor Dr. Sharon Cabaniss, a longtime colleague, nominated Cominsky for the award. “In my opinion, she has done more to advance opportunities for girls and young women throughout the county than anyone else I have met,” Cabaniss said in her nomination letter. Cabaniss continued to list Cominsky’s countless efforts towards the advancement of women in science.

Cominsky has been involved with many organizations that foster curiosity in the sciences for young minds. She joined the SSU faculty in 1986, but has been able to expand her reach beyond Sonoma State. She was one of the founders in 1992 of the Sonoma County Expanding Your Horizons Committee which organizes an all-day conference each Spring for middle-school girls and young women to attend hands-on workshops lead by women professionals in the sciences and related fields.

She is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Association of Women in Science, Graduate Women in Science, American Physical Society and several others.

One of her many roles is the Director of the NASA Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) at SSU. “As a result of her leadership that organization has reached out to thousands of young students throughout the county,” Cabaniss said, “especially encouraging young women to become interested in astronomy and space exploration.”

She also helped establish the Technology High School, located on campus.

One of the more recent things she is doing with her master teachers (five this year) is Astro4Girls, where they do workshops at public libraries to encourage girls to study math and science.

“Professor Lynn Cominsky is one of the outstanding women leaders in Sonoma County who has devoted her life to inspiring students, particularly girls and young women, to pursue their highest potential,” Cabaniss said.

The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1975 to promote equal rights and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls and to address issues of discrimination and prejudice that negatively affect women in Sonoma County.

Cominsky will be accept her award at a the 2013 Women's History Month Luncheon and Fundraiser on Sunday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park. Those who want to honor her are welcome to attend by calling 707-565-2693 or email casw@sonoma-county.org to make a reservation.

More details at http://hr.sonoma-county.org/documents/csw/20130324_luncheon_invite.pdf.